Ellyn Schiff Berman, the 85-year-old woman hit by a Brinks truck while crossing the street on December 7, died on Monday, her son Paul wrote. Berman was walking in the crosswalk at 61st and Broadway around 4 p.m. when the truck hit her, witnesses told the Daily News. Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin of the 20th precinct tells us the crash remains under investigation, and no one has been charged. The final decision will be up to the district attorney’s office, he says.
Berman was a longtime Upper West Sider with a background in social work and mentoring students. Her full obituary is below.
Ellyn Schiff Berman died at 85 on December 16, 2019, 9 days after being struck by a truck while crossing the street on the upper west side of Manhattan. She was a graduate of Smith College and received her Doctorate of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, where she also served for many years as a Professional Development Counselor with the School’s New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Scholarship Program, mentoring hundreds of graduate students. A woman who made friends wherever she went, she believed in human connection, social justice, and helping others. She was passionate about arts and culture and the ever-expanding circles of friends she gathered around her at all times. She considered herself supremely fortunate to have been married for sixty years to Benjamin, who died in May 2017, and she loved her relationships with her family: her children John, and his wife Robin Glassman, Jessica, and her husband Michael Fernandez, and Paul, and his wife Laura Dickinson; and her grandchildren Emma, Aaron, and Julien. Those of us who loved her will mourn her the remainder of our lives. Friends and relatives might do one kind or generous thing in her memory. Donations may be made to the New Sanctuary Coalition, the Parole Preparation Project, or to the Riverside Park Conservancy for a bench in her honor. In peace.
Berman is the second pedestrian killed after getting hit by a vehicle on the Upper West Side this year.